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The Shocking Benefits of Electric Fencing

Electric fences are not only great for protecting your livestock, but they're easy to install and maintain.
  • Spark Innovation

    Whether attempting to keep livestock in or deer out, nothing works as effectively as electric fencing. Electric fences deliver a strong but relatively harmless electrical shock using high voltage and low amperage.

    Date Published: January 26, 2018
    Date Updated: January 29, 2018
  • Protect Fences

    Including one or more hot (or electrified) wires on a fence helps it last longer and requires less maintenance because animals are deterred from rubbing on them. They also allow animals to be more easily contained during active periodds, such as breeding and weaning.

    Date Published: January 26, 2018
    Date Updated: January 29, 2018
  • Choose From Your Options

    Electric fence comes in temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent options. Temporary fences are easy to move; semi-permanent fences serve in the interim until a permanent fence can be installed; and a permanent fence isn't intended to be moved for a number of years. 

    Date Published: January 26, 2018
    Date Updated: January 29, 2018
  • Introducing Animals

    For animals to respect a fence, they must recognize it as a barrier. Train them to the fence first. Contained animals can be trained by placing a short working sample inside the corral. 

    Date Published: January 26, 2018
    Date Updated: January 29, 2018
  • Poultry Fencing

    Electrified netting is the best way to contain pasturing poultry because it's easy to install, adjust, and remove; it's perfect for rotating them to fresh grass. Line posts are generally built into the net, and no tools are needed. Just unroll the netting, push in the line posts, join the separate rolls, push in the end and corner posts, and connect to the energizer. The netting is hand-tensioned, easily adapting to curves and hills. Closely spaced vertical lengths and energized horizontal lengths combine to create both a physical and pain barrier for birds and predators. A more permanent netting option uses stronger posts spaced closer together. This reduces sagging, a common problem in net fences, but is more difficult to install and remove. 

    Date Published: January 26, 2018
    Date Updated: January 29, 2018
  • Sheep Fencing

    Electrified netting is a good option for containing sheep. While most will be contained by a fence reaching about 35 inches in height, larger and more rambunctious sheep will need a taller option at about 42 inches high. Many manufacturers offer net fencing in prefabricated rolls, complete with struts and posts, making it easy to install and remove. When installed, the result is a nearly impenetrable mesh of energized strands to keep sheep in and predators out (such as coyotes and dogs). A five-strand rope or twine fence is cheaper, but netting protects better against predators.

    The best way to permanently manage sheep, while deterring predators, is with the use of a woven high-tensile wire fence and offset charged wires or rope. The woven wire should reach about 32 inches tall and be attached to the nongrazed size of the fence if there is one. Two or more high-tensile wires are attached above this for additional height, and up to two charged strands of rope or wire are offset on the grazed sizes. To supplement the woven wire, one strand of barbed wire set along the bottom discourages coyotes and dogs from digging under the fence. 

    Date Published: January 26, 2018
    Date Updated: January 29, 2018

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